Fryeburg Fair is a harvest time tradition in western Maine, one with long and deep roots, and Fryeburg Fair 2016 is the continuation of this. At the end of September or the beginning of October, depending on the year, thousands gather for one of the biggest happenings on Maine's schedule of events and holidays. Everything great about fairs is here—hearty food, midway rides, and agricultural contests, along with big-name musicians and grandstand events.
Fryeburg Fair Maine History and Facts
The West Oxford Agricultural Society, which continues to present the Fryeburg Fair Maine, began operations in 1851. Nine towns in Maine were part of the group at the beginning, and six from New Hampshire joined in 1888. In the early years, the fair moved from town to town. But as it grew bigger and better, it became clear that permanent fairgrounds were needed for the Fryeburg Fair. The current fairgrounds in Fryeburg were purchased in 1885 for the princely sum of $133.
Over the next century, the facilities expanded over 180 acres and more than 100 permanent buildings and thousands of campsites were added. Each year, more than 300,000 people from Maine, New Hampshire, and all around come to experience this harvest festival
Tickets to the Fryeburg Fair
Children under the age of 12 are welcome to visit the fair for free on any day, and seniors over the age of 65 can visit free of charge on Tuesday. Everyone older than 13 can pay one flat admission fee, which offers a lot of value for a small amount of money.
During select hours, fair-goers can enjoy the rides at the Fryeburg Fair 2016 for a flat fee. This, too, is a great value—you can have as much fun as you want without paying for individual rides at the Fryeburg Fair.
Directions to the Fryeburg Fair Maine
Fryeburg is located in eastern Maine, just minutes from the New Hampshire border. The fairgrounds, on Maine Route 5, are just a mile from the intersection with Highway 302. If you're starting in Boston, head north on Interstate 95 into Maine. In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, take the Spaulding Turnpike to the White Mountains (exit 4) towards Conway, New Hampshire. Then catch Route 113 to Route 302, and follow until you reach Highway 5 to the Fryeburg Fair.
The directions from Portland Maine are a little simpler: head north on Highway 302 until Bridgton. Head into Fryeburg and turn right at Route 5. From Burlington, Vermont, travel Interstate 89 south until the Route 302/Vermont 62 exit towards Barre. Follow Route 302 until Route 112 through North Woodstock. Once you catch Route 113 in Conway, near the Maine/New Hampshire border, make the quick trip to Fryeburg and head east until Route 5.
Parking is available at the fairgrounds, but it can fill up fast, especially during the Saturday parade and the evenings. It may be quicker to park somewhere else in town and walk to the Fryeburg Fair Maine.
Lodging near the Fryeburg Fair
Many of the fair visitors turn their visits into an occasion to enjoy some camping. In order to stay at the fairgrounds, with tents or slide-out campers, you'll need to make reservations and stay at least two nights. The nightly rate includes power and water hook-ups.
If Maine hotels are more your style, you could pick one of the bed and breakfasts in Fryeburg. Across the border, you'll find an array of hotels and motels in the Conway area, a quick drive from the Fryeburg Fair Maine.
At 548 Main Street, the Oxford House Inn is located in an elegant historic home. Along with guestrooms, the inn is home to a cozy restaurant and pub. Many guests enjoy the short hike to the Saco River or strolling through Fryeburg's charming downtown.
Across the border, the Residence Inn is located at 1801 White Mountains Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. With expansive suites and all the comforts of home, the inn is a great place to stay for the whole week of the fair or even a night. Guests also have access to an indoor pool, fitness center, and a hot tub to enjoy during their stay.